Updated: Mar 18
With warmer weather comes spring cleaning. Don’t panic if you haven’t started yet, we are going to include a list of things you might want to consider doing before summer carries you away. It’s important to keep up with household chores to make sure your house is in the best condition. These will also save money and time on future major issues.
In the interior of your home, there are many things you can look for. Most importantly, the smoke alarm and CO2 detector will need to have batteries replaced and checked to see if they are still viable. There aren’t many critical repairs to be made inside your home unless there are obvious issues like water spots around the house, sinking boards, or a change in the structure of your home.
The exterior of your home takes the majority of the damage throughout the winter months. While spring cleaning, examine the exterior of your home for falling siding. Issues that may occur due to damaged siding include potential wall cavity damage and bug infestation. Making sure that every crevice of the exterior of your home is covered and in good condition will save you from future potential interior damage. Peering at your gutters, they may be ready to be cleaned. Clogged gutters can cause all types of faults within your home. They can cause foundation damage, mold/mildew, and flooding in your basement.
Catching your gutters early will save you a ton of money and time if it’s kept up with. Missing shingles and fascia can also cause water damage throughout your home and could turn into a bigger issue if not fixed properly and soon after the damage is noticed. Erosion near your home is also a potential sign of water leaking into your home, frequently in the basement.
Leaking windows and doors can easily be spotted by looking at the state of the caulk and weatherstripping around it. If the caulk is cracked, stripped, or missing, it is most likely the cause of the leaking in the window or door. Another thing to look for when inspecting your doors and windows is the screening. If there are holes in the screens, bugs are more likely to end up in your home. Re-screening is an easy fix, although many people believe you have to replace the whole frame, you don’t! You are able to replace the screen without buying complete new framing.